The Trauma Therapist | Podcast with Guy Macpherson, PhD | Inspiring interviews with thought-leaders in the field of trauma.
Inspiring interviews with thought-leaders and game-changers in the fields of trauma, mindfulness, addiction and yoga. Join Guy Macpherson, PhD at traumatherapistproject.com as we hear about the journeys of passionate mental health workers who dedicate their lives to helping others heal and thrive.

Odelya is a trauma survivor who became a therapist, trainer, facilitator and consultant with over a decade of experience working with survivors and aid workers in locations of conflict and trauma.  She has worked for the UN, governmental institutions, and NGOs in the US, Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Asia.

Odelya focused on trauma studies in three graduate studies programs, earning a Master of Arts in Conflict Transformation as a Fulbright scholar at Eastern Mennonite University, a Masters in Expressive Therapies at Lesley University, and a PhD in which she researched efficacy of strategies for mitigating secondary traumatic stress in aid workers, also at Lesley.

In her practice she works primarily in an expressive therapies modality, supported by wholistic approaches to trauma integration, especially nutritional awareness and sensory integration.

Before relocating to the Washington, DC area with her husband and twin sons in April, 2015, Odelya resided in the Philippines, Lesotho and Israel. 

In addition to training and consulting for organizations, government agencies, and individuals in these and other locations, she has provided expressive eTherapy by phone and Skype to aid and development workers worldwide.

Her personal self-care interests include parenting, reading, dancing, music, puzzles, yoga and meditation, cooking, and movies.  For more on herwork as a trainer, consultant, and writer on stress and trauma-related topics, see her website on Expressive Trauma Integration at www.eti.training.

Direct download: Episode_90_-_Odelya_Kraybill.mp3
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Helga Luest is a recognized trauma expert, keynote presenter, and trainer. Helga’s professional focus to facilitate positive social change stems largely from her own life experiences. She survived an attempted murder in 1993 and, more recently, domestic abuse.

Helga currently works with Abt Associates where she is managing editor of SAMHSA News (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) and communications officer with the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

Helga founded Witness Justice, a national nonprofit that made a significant imprint for survivors of violence and trauma, and led those efforts from 2001 to 2014. Helga continues the vision and work of Witness Justice without the organizational structure, advocating for positive social change while providing strategic programs, trainings, and presentations. Her new initiative is called Trauma Informed - or TraumaInformed.org.

Direct download: Episode_89_-_Helga_Luest.mp3
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Michele Rosenthal is an award-winning PTSD blogger, bestselling and award-nominated author, founder of HealMyPTSD.com, and a former faculty member of the Clinical Development Institute for Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center.

Host of the radio program, Changing Direction, Michele is also a trauma survivor who struggled with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) for over twenty-five years before launching a successful “healing rampage.” She has been 100% free of PTSD symptoms for several years. Michele's most recent book is Your Life After Trauma: Powerful Practices to Reclaim Your Identity (W. W. Norton).

Direct download: Episode_88_-_Michele_Rosenthal.mp3
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Amber is a longtime practitioner of body centered arts and sciences (Somatic Psychology, Life Impressions Bodywork, energy medicine, cranio-sacral therapy, yoga, and shiatsu), a board-licensed mental health professional, and an advocate of human rights. She is an award winning dance movement therapist and an authorized Continuum Movement Teacher.

Amber has worked for almost 20 years with people who have survived human rights abuses, war, natural disaster, as well as with humanitarian response teams. She is currently Director of Restorative Resources Training and Consulting, and its non-profit counterpart, Trauma Resources International, and is a clinical adviser with The Center for Victims of Torture.

She has pioneered the use of somatic, movement, and creative arts psychotherapies in cross cultural contexts, such as complex humanitarian emergencies and natural disasters.

Direct download: Episode_87_-_Amber_Gray.mp3
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Ron Gellis, Ph.D. has been a Clinical and Forensic Sports Psychologist in California for over 30 years and specializes in PTS, TBI, addictive and/or co-occurring disorders. Ron was a Navy Psychologist during the post Vietnam Era during which time he treated and worked with the first wave of Vietnam veterans with PTSD.

Ron has established The Integrated Recovery Foundation, a program designed to assist Veterans and First Responders who have issues with PTS, TBI, addictive and/or co-occurring disorders.

As an athlete, I have played soccer in high school and college. I have run 20 marathons with times ranging from 2:58-4:02 with most times between 3:05-3:20, during my 20's to 50's. In that time I ran countless 1/2 marathons, 10 & 5k's. I have also completed a variety of Olympic and Sprint Triathlons. I have been a scuba instructor for over 20 years with personal passion for underwater photography. At the age of 60, I started CrossFit. I have been CrossFitting for almost 7 years and have qualified for the World CrossFit Games as a Masters athlete 3 times. I am also a level 2 CrossFit Coach.

Direct download: Episode_86_-_Ron_Gellis.mp3
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Usha Tummala-Narra, Ph.D. is Associate Professor in the Department of Counseling, Developmental and Educational Psychology at Boston College as well as in Independent Practice in Cambridge, MA.

She has presented nationally and published peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters on the topics of immigration, trauma, cultural competence and psychodynamic psychotherapy. Usha has served as the chair of the Multicultural Concerns Committee for Division 39 (Psychoanalysis), as a member of the Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs (CEMA) in the American Psychological Association, and as a member of the APA Presidential Task Force on Immigration.

Direct download: Episode_85_-_Usha_Tummala-Narra.mp3
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Patricia D. Wilcox, LCSW, Vice President of Strategic Development, Klingberg Family Centers, New Britain, Connecticut specializes in treatment of traumatized children and their families. She created the Restorative Approach™ , a trauma- and relationship-based treatment method.

She is a Faculty Trainer for Risking Connection® and an Adjunct Faculty at the University of CT School of Social Work. She travels nationally to train treaters on trauma-informed care, specializing in improving the daily life of treatment programs. She was the 2011 Connecticut Social Worker of the Year. She is the author of Trauma Informed Care: The Restorative Approach published by NEARI Press.

Direct download: Episode_84_-_Patricia_Wilcox.mp3
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Lee Klinger Lesser, MS, has developed and led retreats for Veterans since 2008, integrating her experience of mindfulness and meditation into accessible programming for Veterans. She has been leading workshops in the mindfulness practice of Sensory Awareness since 1976.

She is the co-founder and Executive Director of Honoring the Path of the Warrior, a non-profit program that provides a safe environment for veterans to rediscover meaning, purpose, and joy in their lives through mindfulness, meditation and community.

Direct download: Episode_83_-_Lee_Lesser.mp3
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Dan Griffin is the author of three ground-breaking publications: A Man’s Way through Relationships: Learning to Love and Be LovedA Man’s Way through the Twelve Steps, and Helping Men Recover (co-author).

As an international speaker, trainer, and consultant for treatment programs, recovery courts, and mental health programs, Dan is focused on developing gender-responsive, trauma-informed services for men.

He has a Master’s Degree in Sociology from the University of Kansas and received a certificate in Counseling from Hazelden. Dan has been in recovery since May 1994 and leads retreats and workshops throughout the country to help men deepen their emotional recovery and enhance their relational competence. He is know for cutting edge interventions for men's treatment, unique insights into men's experience of trauma, and leadership in advancing the conversation on men's issues in addiction and recovery.

Direct download: Episode_82_-_Dan_Griffin.mp3
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Mark Lilly is the founder and Board President of Street Yoga, an internationally recognized non-profit which provides yoga and mindfulness classes to at-risk populations in Portland and Seattle.

Mark is a mindfulness and communication trainer who has taught workshops all over North America to widely diverse audiences including physicians, nurses, social workers, police officers, therapists, and countless others. Mark has developed many specialized mindfulness curricula in addition to the core and advanced Street Yoga trainings, including specialized work for young people recovering from sexual abuse, and workshops for adults moving through entrenched traumas or grappling with high-intensity communication situations.

For Mark, yoga is an everyday survival skill, a practice he has shared with thousands of youth through Street Yoga. He still lives with the tremors of traumas past and realizes the delicate line between suffering and awakening. His teaching emphasizes cultivation of the best within each of us by using the authentic stories and experiences that illuminate our being and drive our teaching to places of deep truthfulness.

Mark has developed the core and advanced Street Yoga trainings as well a yoga curricula used for specialized work with young patients recovering from illness or injury in the hospital, for young people recovering from sexual abuse, and workshops for adults moving through entrenched traumas or grappling with high-intensity communication situations.

Through it all, he brings a lightness and love to his teaching that is rooted in humility, grace and joy.

Direct download: Episode_81_-_Mark_A._Lilly.mp3
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